Variety of retirement living options give seniors many choices

Not that long ago, seniors who needed assistance around the house or recently experienced a health crisis had few retirement living options to chose from. While some could afford to remodel their house or hire in-home care, others had to move into a living arrangement that may not have fit their needs and desires. That has changed considerably in recent years, as the retirement living options available today have grown considerably, The New York Times reported.

Some of the newest additions to the senior living scene are communities that place an emphasis on active aging. These options provide everything from classes and clubs to swimming pools and regular outings. They also offer on-site medical care for those who need it. Another option is assisted living, which is ideal for older adults who are mobile but might need more help with certain activities of daily living. Most of the time, such communities provide great benefits.

"When people move into a community, they thrive," Larry Minnix, chief executive of the non-profit LeadingAge, told the Times.

An evolving senior care environment will likely prove to be especially important in the coming years as baby boomers continue to reach retirement age at a rate of approximately 10,000 each day.

Not only that, but the swelling senior population will likely require some form of long term care at one point or another. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, approximately 13 million Americans required long term care - at home, residential or skilled nursing care - in 2000. However, by 2050 most experts anticipate that number will grow to approximately 27 million people, according to estimates from the Department of Health and Human Services.